Three years ago, this column began as a way to share positive stories of those leading by example, tips to weave giving back into your normal professional and personal routine, and an avenue to spotlight some of the amazing efforts of local nonprofits.
Now I am excited to kick off “Giving Back” with The Commercial Appeal and to have the opportunity to expand these themes with a focus on making it easy and fun to make a difference. We will talk about more in future columns, but the key to our success as a city, region, and nation is engagement. When it comes to giving back, two big challenges are scarce: financial resources and finding ways to incorporate it into increasingly busy lives.
So while money is important, we must realize that people provide the real power in making a difference and moving our community forward.
A dollar bill cannot walk, talk, or physically solve any problems. We must find ways to lend our time, talents, and energy to being a part of the solution. The beauty is that movements start with small actions, like picking up trash, mentoring, or volunteering. So the fun of this column will be sharing simple ways that we can become more engaged to add more fuel to the fire or create a new spark of your own. Either way, each of us has a part to play and together we can do great things.
As for me, like most, I wear multiple hats and try to balance family, job, community involvement, etc. I guide a team of businesses focused on making an impact in our region, volunteer as much as possible, and host a weekly radio show and monthly television show focused on the same premise as this column.
My goal is to make our city a place our children are proud to call home, so I look forward to rolling up my sleeves with you each week.
Jeremy Park is president of the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club. He is host of "The Spark" on WKNO-TV Channel 10 on the third Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. and the "Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club" on KWAM-AM 990 on Saturday at 1 p.m.